Black Dog Newsletter February 21 – 27 “Fancy Awards Edition!”

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I’d like to thanks the Academy, and my hand…

Well the time is upon us once again as Hollywood strokes its, um, ego, ya ego, this Sunday with the 147th Academy Awards. I’ve only seen 2 of the best picture nominees and both I thought were quite good. Arrival was my pick for best film of 2016 so I hope it wins. But in all honesty, I don’t really care. My life will not be affected in any way shape or form no matter who wins. I just like movies! We just acquired a couple more films this week that are up for the top spot, so come on in and check them out!

We’ve also just picked up a bunch of awesome Criterions (will be on the Cambie shelves tomorrow) for your enjoyment! Photo below to see what we have for you.

New Releases!

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1:54 – Tough little French Canadian flick about the pressures of high school and all that that entails. Namely being gay, bullies, peer pressure, suicide, drugs, athletics, finding a monkey’s paw and making three fateful, ironic wishes (I may have made that last part up).

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All Through the House – “There was a creature stirring”…I knew it! Fun (from what I’ve gleaned) 80’s style slasher throwback finds a Santa-mask wearing killer slashing and dashing his way through a small California town. Maybe it will become a holiday classic along the lines of Black Christmas, Christmas Evil and It’s a Wonderful Life!

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Allied – Brad Pitt plays a sexy Canadian intelligence officer (I’ll leave you with that one) who hooks up with the lovely and talented Marion Cotillard to perform some secret mission behind enemy lines. Oh, I should mention that it’s a WWII action/drama/romance.

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Certain Women – Another fine film from director Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy) finds three certain women – Michelle Williams, K-Stew and Laura Dern – intersecting in a small town in America. Heard very very good things about this one.

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Hacksaw Ridge – Mad Mel Gibson and his mighty beard direct this true-life tale of a guy in WWII who didn’t want to fight or kill people but still did a fine job on the battlefield. I don’t think I’d want to go to a place called Hacksaw Ridge in WWII. Maybe Golden Daisy Fields, but not Hacksaw Ridge. Up for best picture this Sunday.

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Klown Forever – Those knuckle-heads, Frank and Casper are at it again, making inappropriate mayhem wherever they go. This time it’s on a journey to LA. If you’ve seen and enjoyed Klown (I know I certainly did), my guess is that you’ll see and enjoy Klown Forever.

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Manchester by the Sea – Highly touted (look at all the touts!) drama with lots of acting and words and stuff about an uncle having to look after his nephew after the boy’s dad dies. It should do fairly well come this Sunday (Oscars!)

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Men & Chicken – Weird comedy from the director of Adam’s Apples finds the always wonderful Mads Mikkeleson as one of two brothers who learns the awful truth about their family. I wonder what that could be? Does it have something to do with chickens? Are they chicken men? My mind can’t handle this!

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The Monster – From the director of the pretty creepy, The Strangers, comes this nifty little horror number about a woman and her daughter having to survive the terrors of a monster in the woods when their car breaks down at a really bad spot. Some people have the worst luck.

Coming Soon!

Dr. Strange
Shut In
Wheeler
Eyes of My Mother
Moana
American Pastoral
Windy City Heat
London Road

As promised, here’s the Criterions!

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Recently Viewed and Recommended

Manchester by the Sea
Arrival
Nocturnal Animals
Found Footage Festival Vol 7
Ouija 2: The Ouijaning
Under the Shadow
Sausage Party
The Fits

That’s it for this week, folks! Enjoy the warm weather (ignore that “chance of snow this weekend” warning) and remember, keep watching.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Feb 14-20 “Holidays Galore Edition”

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Love is in the air.

 

Two holidays in a row?! What is this, The Land of Revelry and Hullabaloo? Yesterday there was something called “Family Day”. Is that new? I don’t remember ever having a Family Day before. I guess it’s just an excuse to have a day off in February. And today is “Valentine’s Day”, or Lupercalia to you old Romans! Time to get all romantic like. It’s also “Ferris Wheel Day”! I can’t wait for “National Battery Day” on the 18th followed by “National Hoodie Hoo Day” on the 20th. The party never stops.

New Releases

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Antibirth – Nice cast – Natasha Lyonne, Meg Tilly and Chloe Sevigny – enliven the bizarre body horror proceedings in which a stoner takes some weird drug and finds herself pregnant. Things just get more odd and nasty from there on in. Looking forward to this one, I am.

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Arrival – Arriving on the shelves just in time for the Oscars, comes Arrival! It was my pick for best film of the year, 2016. Don’t want to build it up too much but I adored this film. It’s good smart sci-fi that packs an unexpected emotional punch. It’s a crime that Amy Adams didn’t get an Oscar nod for this. Well, there are much worse crimes to get your potatoes boiling, but you know what I’m saying.

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Bad Santa 2 – The weird thing about the DVD release of Christmas films is that you get them well after Christmas. Who wants to watch a Christmas movie in February or July? Even if it is a Bad Santa. I loved the first one but I’ve only heard middling things about this sequel. I guess that what happens when a talent like Terry Zwigoff (director of the original) is not involved.

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – Where did this film come from? Did this even hit the theatres? An Ang Lee anti-war epic?! Yes please. As Billy Lynn comes home from a tour of duty in Iraq and embarks on a victory tour, his story of what really happened over there is told in flashbacks. I bet nothing good happened “in the shit” as they say.

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Christine – Docu-drama about a TV reporter – Christine Chubbuck – who took extreme measure to deal with her depression. I won’t give away any details as I’m not a jerk. Not about spoilers anyways.

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Edge of Seventeen – Dramatic high-school comedy about a young woman who finds it tough sledding when her best friend starts dating her brother. A symphony of small humiliations, I presume, ensues.

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Found Footage Festival Volume 7 – Another compilation of amazing old VHS oddities selected and edited by these two funny fellas. I met and got drunk with them at the RIO a few years back. Good dudes they were. And probably still are. Available at Commercial, soon to Cambie (and soon Vol 8 for both!)

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Justice League: Dark – John Constantine, Zatanna and Jason Blood (I don’t know who these people are) join forces to fight some supernatural bad guys in this cool animated fare. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman also are along for the ride.

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Nocturnal Animals – Fashion fella Tom Ford writes and directs this dark thriller starring Amy Adams (again with the Amy Adams), Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon (he of the enormous head). An art gallery owner is haunted by a novel written by her ex-husband. Weirdness and terrible things are afoot. One of Dylan’s favourites from 2016.

Coming Soon!

Hacksaw Ridge
Manchester by the Sea
American Pastoral
Windy City Heat
All Through the House
The Monster

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Arrival
Nocturnal Animals
Found Footage Festival Vol 7
Ouija 2: The Ouijaning
Under the Shadow
Sausage Party
The Fits

For more fabulous recommendations click here!

That’s it for this week folks. Enjoy the warmish weather, say goodbye to the snow and remember, keep watching.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Feb 7-13th “Enough is Enough Edition!

 

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Watch out, Car-2-Go, there’s some poorly made snowmen about!

Up yours, snow, you beautiful, horrible, white-devil, you!

New Releases!

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Almost Christmas – A Christmas movie in February? No thanks. I thought we all were collectively trying to forget Christmas?

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Blackway – Ray Liotta is a guy named Blackway. He’s a psycho ex-cop turned crime-lord (I plan to soon be an ex-video store owner turned crime-lord, well not too soon) who harasses a nice woman that has returned home. So she enlists the aid of Hannibal Lector to help her out.

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Desierto – Psycho racist border security guard (is there any other kind) hunts down some Mexicans trying to enter the US. Much mayhem, I presume, ensues.

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Frank and Lola – Described as a psycho-sexual noir love story – whatever that means – this flick stars Michael Shannon and his enormous head (I want a Michael Shannon head mask for Halloween!) and the awesomely named Imogen Poots as a couple in a dysfunctional relationship. Sounds intriguing.

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Loving – Very nice, low key real-life true story as such about a nice interracial couple who got arrested back in the day in good-old Virginia for being married! They then take their case all the way to the Supreme Court. I’ve never ever been able to understand why some folks get so bent out of shape over such nothing. Bunch of idiot racist psychos.

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Nerdland – The amazing Patton Oswald and the lovely Paul Rudd voice a couple of nerdy loser characters desperately trying to make it in the entertainment world.

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The Take – Idris Elba (so dreamy!) stars in this action thriller about a CIA guy trying to stop some psycho terrorists in Paris. If anyone can stop them it’s Idris Elba!

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Trolls – Animated kids thing about some psycho internet jerks who sit around in their parent’s basement all day trying to make life miserable for folks on the internet. Or…it’s a kids film about some cute trolls doing cute troll things.

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Vice Principals Season 1 – Nice sounding TV show that has Danny McBride and the fabulous Walton Goggins as a couple of Vice Principals vying for the number one top dog spot of Principal. Hilarity, I presume, ensues.

Coming Soon!

Arrival
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Christine
Edge of Seventeen
Quarry Season 1

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Ouija 2: The Beginning
Under the Shadow
Sausage Party
The Infiltrator
The Fits
Train to Busan
The Handmaiden

For more recommendations go here!

That’s it for this week folks. Stay warm, stay dry and remember, keep watching!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Jan 31 – Feb 6th “Not Talking About You-Know-Who Edition!”

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(artwork courtesy of Grant Mercs)

 

In these dark and troubled times one can get overwhelmed with the constant barrage of unpleasantness concerning the political nightmare unfolding down below our belts south of the border. But we here at Black Dog laboratories are putting the kibosh on mentioning Orange Julius Caesar and his cabal of witches and warlocks. We’re here to talk about movies and movies is what we will talk about, dammit! Until at least Cheeto Mussolini drops the A-Bomb on someone.

New Releases

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9th Life of Louis Drax – Neat-O looking thriller (maybe horror?) from director Alexander Aja (High Tension, Piranha) about a psychologist type fella who gets drawn into a mystery after some kid suffers a near fatal wipeout.

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Broad City Season 3 – If you haven’t been watching this show, you should. It’s pretty darn funny.

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Danny Says – Rock and roll doc about a fella named Danny Fields, who was involved with several well-known rock stars in various capacities. They might include The Doors, Lou Reed, The Stooges, MC5 and the Ramones amongst others. Not a bad CV. Watch and find out what Danny says!

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Most excellent adaptation of the writings of Douglas Adams follows a couple of fellas – Frodo and another guy – as they solve mysteries that are of the supernatural in nature. Good stuff.

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Juste La Fin Du Monde – aka It’s Only the End of the World – The latest from Canadian superstar director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, I Killed My Mother) finds a guy returning home to tell his family that he’s dying. Let the laughs begin! Stars the always awesome Vincent Cassel and Marion Cotillard.

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Queen of Katwe – Another entry into the “Ugandan girl’s life is changed when she discovers the world of chess” genre. Haven’t we had enough of these films already? Sheesh.

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Sea of Trees – Odd-sounding little number from Gus Van Zant (To Die For, Milk) about a suicidal Matthew McConaughey who meets a lost Japanese fella in the woods around Mt Fuji. Life lessons and some drama, I presume, ensue.

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Sherlock Season 4 – More sleuthing abounds!

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Train to Busan – Fun Korean entry into the “world is over-run by fast moving zombies for some reason” genre. Some great zombie set pieces and non-stop action even out the heavy-handed melodrama for a fine zombie-filled evening on the couch.

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Two Lovers and a Bear – Well-received, beautifully-filmed, unpredictable Canadian romantic drama set in the North Pole. Stars Orphan Black.

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When Elephants Were Young – Touching documentary about a young boy and a young elephant who try to survive on the streets of Bangkok. The elephant exploitation trade is quite depressing and horrible in SouthEast Asia. If you’re ever in Thailand, or that part of the world, don’t ride the poor beasts, visit one of the rescue sanctuaries. That’s what we did and it was great. You get to feed them, wash them and just hang out. Highly recommended.

Coming Soon!

Almost Christmas
Blackway
DCU Justice League: Dark!
Desierto
Eagle Huntress
Frank & Lola
Lost in the Pacific
Loving
Nerdland
Take
Trolls
Vice Principals Season 1

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Train to Busan
Broad City Season 3
Dirk Gently’s Holisitc Detective Agency
The Fits
The Handmaiden
Under the Shadow
The Night Of
Better Call Saul Season 2

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Till next week, my lovelies!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Jan 24-30 “A New Day Dawns Edition!

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One hat to destroy them all!

Well, the day is finally upon us, President Sex Criminal has taken up residence in the White House. What do the next 4 years have in store (that is, of course, if he’s not impeached before then) for the world? I shudder to think. But, hey, at least we still have the movies, right? The Oscars were announced today. Lots of quality films on display (check out the chart at the bottom of the page). And while Cheeto Mussolini is making life hard for everyone, remember to stay vigilant, stay active and lean on us when you need some comfort, support and a good distraction.

New Releases!

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City of Gold – Cool doc about LA food critic guy, Johnathan Gold, and what food means in this crazy, tasty world.

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The Handmaiden – Sexy, twisted, weird and hypnotic thriller from Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) about a schemer who poses as a handmaiden to a rich woman but has plans to defraud her. And that’s just the start. One of our favourite most excellent flicks of 2016!

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Inferno – Famous symbolist, Tom Hanks, wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia for some reason. It’s up to him and a doctor to piece together the puzzle and save the world. Be cool to wake up only to find out that you’re Tom Hanks!

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Jack Reacher 2: Never Stop Reaching – aka The Reach-Around – Little Tom Cruise is back playing big Jack Reacher in this latest Jack Reacher epic. Here Jack Reacher must clear his name and uncover a major government conspiracy. I thought the American public didn’t like whistleblowers? I guess if they’re Tom Cruise, or Jack Reacher, then they’re A-OK, USA!

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The Light Between Oceans – Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander live in a lighthouse on an island off the coast of Australia. They are sad because they can’t conceive (a baby). Then one day, low and behold, a baby in a boat washes up on shore. What are they to do, keep the free baby, eat the free baby or try to find it’s owners? Watch and find out!

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Masterminds – Truth based comedy (whatever that means) about some bumbling funny people (Zack Galifinakis, Kirsten Wiig, etc) who decide to rob a bank. Comedy hijinks, I presume, ensue.

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Under the Shadow – Well-received, cool sounding ghost story set in Tehran in the 1980’s. As a mother and daughter struggle to adjust to post-revolution Iran, a evil entity invades their house. Can’t wait to check this one out!

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USS Indianapolis – What Nic Cage movie do we have for you this week? Well, how about the one where he’s a WWII navy guy on a secret mission in the Pacific and his ship gets sunk? Not good enough? Well, what if I told you that him and a bunch of other guys spent 5 days in shark infested waters? Interested now aren’t you? Based on actual things!

Coming Soon!

Antibirth
Everyone Else
Long Way North
Broad City S 3
Train to Busan
When Elephants Were Young
Capsule
Sherlock S4
Danny Says
Girl King
Queen of Katwe

Recently Viewed and Recommended

The Handmaiden
Better Call Saul S2
The Night Of
Captain Fantastic
The Fits
Ouija 2
American Honey

Oscars things that we have and that are coming. For those of you who care…

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That’s it for this week folks. Talk at you soon!

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Still Fighting the Good Fight

Here’s a nice little ditty courtesy of our friends at BeatRoute magazine…

 

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Black Dog Video Newsletter January 17-23 “Survive We Did Edition!”

 

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If it’s going to be that kind of party…

Well it seems that we all survived the infamous Black Dog Christmas party Sunday night relatively unscathed. There were no fistfights, nothing caught on fire and nobody got pregnant. Not this time anyways. Guess we’re all getting a little older. Big thanks to Steve at the Anza Club for plying us with booze and putting up with our shenanigans well into the wee hours. Good times but holy hotdogs, do I feel like the dog’s breakfast today (written on Monday)! Till next year!

New Releases!

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Death Race 2050 – Updated brand new movie where contestants race across the country trying to run over as many people as possible. Points are scored for taking out children, the elderly and infirm and everyone in between. This is what Trump’s America looks like.

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Girl on the Train – So there’s this girl, see. And she’s on a train, see. And she gets wrapped up in a mystery involving a missing woman, see. And is she part of the mystery or what? Watch and see, see.

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The Greasy Strangler – Insane, gross and greasy best describes this crazy flick. Ronnie and his son Brayden run a Disco walking tour (whatever that might be). They also vie for the affections of a sexy woman who takes said tour. There’s also a evil strangler (I assume he’s very greasy) lurking about. Not for all tastes but for some for sure. Me included!

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Keeping up with the Joneses – Hollywood type comedy about some normal people – Zack Galifinakis and Isla Fisher – who get tangled up in some silly espionage thing when they find out their new neighbours – John Hamm (mmmm Hamm) and Gal Gadot – are real-life spies.

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Max Steel – A spunky teenager, Max, teams up with his alien buddy, Steel, to make a fabulous new superhero, Max Steel! Wish my name was Max Steel. I could go places with a name like that!

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Ouija: Origin of Evil – Prequel to the terrible Ouija film from last year finds some seance scammers unintentionally inviting an evil presence into their home via a scary Ouija board. I’ve heard that this flick as actually quite good. It’s directed by the fella that made Oculus, which I quite liked. He was also born in Salem, Massachusetts, so he has that going for him.

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Zero Days – Scary doc from Alex Gibney ( dude that made the very good Enron doc and hockey goon doc and doc about Scientology) about a dastardly plot by the US and Israel to unleash some nasty malware that was to destroy part of an Iranian nuclear facility but it spread beyond it’s intended purpose doing many bad things. Where did it go? What did it do? How did it get there? This is not my beautiful wife!

Coming Soon!

Antibirth
Broad City S3
Train to Busan
When Elephants Were Young
Capsule
The Handmaiden
Inferno
Light Between Oceans
Sherlock S4
USS Indianapolis

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

The Night of
The Fits
American Honey
Don’t Breathe
Snowden
Eden
The Wailing

For many more treats for you to enjoy click here!

That’s it for this week folks. Stay safe, stay dry and remember, keep watching.

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Black Dog Video Newsletter – Jan 10 – 16 “Par-Tay Edition!”

 

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This is how we roll.

Just a heads-up – we’ll be closing this coming Sunday the 15th of January at 9pm – both locations – so we can all get together for our staff Christmas party! Plan your movie getting accordingly. If we survive the evening, we’ll be back open at noon on Monday.

If you or anyone you know has any DVDs for sale, we’re buying. Give the store a shout or email us here for details.

One more best of the year list (mine) can be found at the tail-end of this edition. Nothing but great movies, guaranteed!

New Releases!

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The Accountant – Ben Affleck is an autistic accountant (yes, you read that right) who cooks the books for the mob or something like that. He also fires a gun at some point, judging by the cover.

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American Honey – Much ballyhooed flick from Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) about a free-spirited young woman who hooks up with a rag-tag bunch of hustlers as they traverse the American landscape. Shia LaBeouf is, for some reason, in this flick as the leader of the gang. Heard nothing but great things. Nothing!

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Before I Wake – A good-looking young couple adopt a child whose dreams seem to manifest themselves into reality. That could be either really weird, quite embarrassing or downright terrifying. Or all of the above. But since it’s a horror flick, I’m picking door number 3. From the director of Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil.

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Birth of a Nation – Sort of remake of the olde tyme racist DW Griffith epic from 1915. Instead of focusing on the KKK and what heroes they were, this one is a little more accurate as it follows Nate Turner, who lead an uprising during the slave days.

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The Fits – Strange and altogether wonderful film about an 11 year-old girl, played by the awesomely named Royalty Hightower, who becomes entranced with a dance troupe. To say more would be giving things away. That and I don’t know much more about it.

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Homeland Season 5 – Carrie and the gang are back for new and exciting adventures in the spy vs spy world! This one’s set in Berlin so expect some European flavoured espionage. Beer and Bratwurst perhaps?

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The Whole Truth – And everything but the truth! You can’t handle the truth! No truth for you because, as I just mentioned, you have trouble handling the truth! But if you can handle some truth, please watch Canoe Reeves as a lawyer (!) trying to get a teenager off of a murder charge.

Coming Soon!

Mr. Robot Season 2
Antibirth
Broad City Season 3
Death Race 2050
Girl on the Train
Keeping up with the Joneses
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Train to Busan
When Elephants Were Young
Zero Days
The Greasy Strangler

And now, without further ado, because we all know how boring ado is, here’s my humble list of my favourite films of 2016. Handle with care.

1. Arrival
2. Mustang
3. OJ: Made in America
4. Hell or High Water
5. Hunt for the Widlerpeople
6. The Handmaiden
7. The Lobster
8. Captain Fantastic
9. The Big Short
10. Don’t Breathe

My list is actually about 20 films long or so. You can check out the rest of the winners here.

Worst film of the year – 31. Rob Zombie should not be allowed to make films anymore. Lazy, boring, totally inept filmmaking and without the requisite gore.
Biggest disappointment – Hail Caesar. I love the Coens, and despite some great moments, I just couldn’t get into this mess.

More current recommendations can be found here as well.

Till next week!

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Black Dog Newsletter January 3 – 9 “Glad That’s Over!” Edition!

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I hope and trust and hope that everyone had a lovely holiday. Ours was fun. Maybe a little to much of, well, everything. I do enjoy the holidays but I find that they are just too long. And just when I think it’s over and my kid is back to school, wham!, one more day off! Like seriously! Our year started off with the hot water tank pooching out on New Year’s Eve and then having no electricity for a few hours on Sunday. Add to that our street (like most I assume) hasn’t been touched since it snowed at the beginning of December, the streetlights have been out for a month and the recycling has only been picked up once since that time as well. Life is hard in this day and age! No big deal though, we’re tough. We’re Canadian!

We’ll continue with our staff’s picks for the year further on down the newsletter. I’ll have mine all shiny and polished and ready to go next week.

New Releases!

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Cosmos – Bizarre, surreal, hilarious and poignant. What else would you expect from Andrzej Zulawski (Possession)?

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Deepwater Horizon – Marky Mark takes his crunchy abs onto the ill-fated oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Shouldn’t those BP scumbags be in prison by now? Oh ya I forgot; oil, greed, absence of responsibility, capitalism.

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Denial – Good-looking courtroom heavy about a despicable Holocaust denier who sues an acclaimed writer and historian for libel. Stars Rachel Weisz so it has that going for it.

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Girls Season 5 – More Girls!

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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – Family comedy about a rebellious young buck who doesn’t agree with all the tight rules at school. Family friendly chaos, I presume, ensues.

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Shetland Season 3 – More crimes are solved by the crack team of Shetlandonians in this fine fine mystery drama thriller type show.

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When the Bough Breaks – Mediocre, by-the-numbers “thriller” that finds a crazy baby surrogate becoming a little too interested in the hunky husband. Does that really happen? Like, really?

Coming Soon!

The Accountant
American Honey
Before I Wake
Birth of a Nation
Broad City S 3
Girl King
Homeland S 5
Max Steel
Mr. Robot S 2
The Whole Truth
USS Indianapolis

Best of the Year Staff Picks!

DYLAN’S PICKS FOR 2016

1. Hell Or High Water
2. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. Sing Street
5. Eye In The Sky
6. Captain Fantastic
7. 10 Cloverfield Lane
8. Hunt For The Wilderpeople
9. OJ: Made In America
10. 11 22 63

Alex’s Choices (I think he should watch more films!)

OJ SIMPSON: MADE IN AMERICA
THE HANDMAIDEN
TOWER
GIMME DANGER
TRAIN TO BUSAN

RJ! (I think he watched too many films!)

1. Toni Erdmann. 2016 . dir. Maren Ade. Comedy has reached a new level. Human, hilarious, and classic. Political and personal.

2. Aquarius. 2016 dir. Kleber Mendonca Filho. Sonia Braga reaches new levels in this drama about a middle age music critic who is a survivor and a fighter and a lover. Amazing music choices naturally!

3. Arrival. 2016 dir, Denis Villeneuve. Sci-fi drama that hits home and hits the heart. Lush, atmospheric, and moving. Blade Runner 2049 just might be amazing!

4. The Fits. 2016. di. Anna Rose Holmer. Coming of age story with no tired tropes. Female director, female lead, and completely innovative in its visual storytelling. Magic realism at its finest.

5. Paterson. 2016. dir Jim Jarmusch. A movie about a poet and his friends and his neighbourhood that magically captures the ebb and flow of poetry. Driver and Farahani are stellar!

6. A Bigger Splash. 2016. dir. Luca Gaudino. A fantastic summer getaway to a small island in Italy. Amazing nuanced performances from Swinton and Fiennes . Characters that seem real and have so much to say without using words.

7. Elle. 2016. dir. Paul Verhoeven. Everyones favourite sleaze meister tackles everyones least favourite subject…rape. What could have been a train-wreck ends up being a masterful psychological study in victim and victimhood. Huppert is unstoppable.

8. 54 The Directors cut. 1998/2016. dir. Mark Christopher. This often maligned period piece has found its true self in the extended/re-edited directors cut which deserves new appreciation. Mike Meyers is really great and so is the whole cast.

9. The Wailing. 2016. dir Hong Jin Na. The best horror movie of 2016. Hong marks new territory in this journey into folklore and superstition and in the meantime scares the shit out of you.

10. Maplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. 2016. dirs. Fenton Bailey + Randy Barbato. A stunning journey into one of the most important photo artists ever. More relevant in todays political climate than ever.

11. Only Yesterday. 1991. dir Isao Takahata. A 25 year-old movie that is timeless. Finally released in North America. A trip into the childhood and memories of a young woman and how they shaped who she is. Amazing!

12. Neruda. 2016. dir Pablo Lahrain. The chilean master does it again in this anti-biopic biopic. Instead of telling a A to B story, Lahrain infuses the cinematic language of film to add to the romance and passion of the folk hero to create hybrid noir/western/epic thats full of charm.

13. The VVitch. 2015. dir, Robert Eggers. The second best horror movie of the year. A feminist-ish folk tale of insanity and desolation in the middle of nowhere. Haunting and frenetic.

14. Neon Bull. 2015. dir. Gabriel Mascaro. Sensual and dreamlike. A tale of dreams and limitations of class among poor cattle handlers in a Brazilian rodeo. Political under the surface and visually impressive.

15. Weiner Dog. 2016. dir. Todd Solondz. America’s least favourite satirist is exactly what America needs. Darkly comic and on point. Solondz returns to form with his most hilarious and apt movie since Happiness.

That’s it for this week folks! For more recommendations click here and here! Stay warm, stay hydrated. Keep watching!

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Black Dog Video Newsletter Dec 27 – Jan 2 “List of Lists Edition!”

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This is kind of sad today.

The time has come to burden you all with lists! Everyone loves lists, right? Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be featuring the Black Dog staffers compilations of the best films and stuff of the year! Scroll on down to check out the first couple!

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read my summation of 2016 last week, here’s another chance! Now with even more deceased celebrities!

New Releases!

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Dog Eat Dog – Pretty good pedigree for this straight to video crime caper: Paul Schrader directs, Willem Dafoe and Nic Cage (because he hasn’t been in a movie in a few weeks) star and written by noted criminal Eddie Bunker. Don’t know if it’s good or not, but what the hey, there are worse ways to spend a Tuesday evening. Right?

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In the Valley of Violence – And what I said for the above movie can apply here. Just add Ti West for director and Ethan Hawke and John Travolta for the stars. And it’s a western. Expect lots of violence, a smattering of comedy and some sneaking around buildings.

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Little Men – Nice little character piece about a couple of boys whose friendship is tested when their respective parents fight over a dress shop or something like that. Heard very nice things about this one.

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Oasis: Supersonic – Swell documentary about those nitwit brothers with the hairy eyebrows who made music in a band called Oasis.

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Ray Donovan Season 4 – More tough guy shenanigans brought to in this quality show.

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Snowden – While initially disappointed that this wasn’t about some frisky coeds who were snowed-in someplace in the woods, I was impressed with this effort from Oliver Stone about famed whistleblower Ed Snowden. And while the relationship aspect of the tale falls pretty flat, the rest is quite intriguing and thrilling. The funny thing with whistleblowers in the moves is that American audiences cheer for them but in real life they’re looked at as traitors. Maybe this will help change things. Maybe it won’t.

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The Tumbledown – Nice-looking drama finds Rebecca Hall as a women whose folk-singer husband recently died. Jason Sudakis is a journalist who talks to her about things. Much drama, I presume, ensues.

Coming Soon!

When the Bough Breaks
American Honey
Blair Witch
Denial
Girls Season 5
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Shetland Season 3

Recently Viewed and Recommended!

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Snowden
Swiss Army Man
Neon Demon
Weiner
Eden
Bigger Splash
Indignation
Hitchcock/Truffaut

And now without further ado (all out of ado anyways) may I present to the first in a slew of upcoming best of the year lists!

Bjorn

TOP 20 DVD RELEASES OF 2016

1. OJ: Made in America
2. Spotlight
3. Mustang
4. The Lobster
5 Room
6. Hail, Caesar!
7. Fargo S2
8. Carol
9. The Hateful Eight
10. The Club
11. Diary of a Teenage Girl
12. The Stanford Prison Experiment
13. Theeb
14. Green Room
15. The People Vs. OJ Simpson
16. The Look of Silence
17. Hitchcock / Truffaut
18. Sleeping Giant
19. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
20. Entertainment

TOP 10 OLDER MOVIES VIEWED IN 2016

Another Year, 2010
Burden of Dreams, 1982
Cape Fear, 1991
Calvary, 2014
Flirting, 1991
Mad Love, 1935
Monsieur Verdoux, 1947
My Best Fiend, 1999
Only Yesterday, 1991
The Thing From Another World, 1951

And from Patrick!

1. everybody wants some!!
2. certain women
3. moonlight
4. heart attack
5. love and friendship
6. embrace of the serpent
7. under the shadow
8. paterson
9. kaili blues
10. hypernormalisation

That’s if for this week, my lovelies. We’ll be back next year with even more nice things for all you nice people!

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